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AV Rant #454: It Just Goes To YouTube

October 14th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Mark, Kevin, Tobias and David for their donations, Ray for his help, and Paul for being awesome. You are our listeners of the week! Thanks guys! In the news, Tom will be reviewing speakers from David Janszen (LINK), Seymour Scree Excellence releases a 4 way masking system (LINK), ATI puts out new amps (LINK), Ulta HD Blu-ray before the end of the year (LINK), and Ray puts out an ELAC video (LINK). Greg found some Vizio 4k displays (LINK), John found a great site for speaker mounts (PinPointMounts), and Tom K. reveals some information about the Xbox One and how it decodes 5.1 into 7 speakers. Joshua backs up Rob in a way, Karl is wondering why Audyssey is setting his speakers way too soft and what we thought of the recent Home Theater Geeks episode about High-Res Audio (LINK), and Barney is curious about the optimal placement for Atmos-enabled speakers. Todd wants to know how to set up his dual DIY subs, Mark needs help designing his home theater space, and Ian needs a new projector lamp (LINK). Brian has decided on a screen size but now needs speaker suggestions (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK), David wants to install Atmos speakers in a drop ceiling and has a deinterlacing question, and Jonathan loves his Nvidea Shield (LINK) and was blown away by the amount of effort it takes to get VR working (LINK). Lastly, we take a critical look at the Shun Mook Mpingo Discs (LINK).

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AV Rant #453: Dual Sub Setup Guide

October 11th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Tim, Brian, Tom, and Karl for their support of the podcast. Thanks guys! In the news a new ambient light-rejecting screen (LINK), new HDMI cables (LINK), Google’s Chromecast Audio (LINK and LINK), and some Atmos speaker setup help (LINK). David has a suggestion about William’s streaming weirdness, Howard is looking for a shorter power cord (LINK and LINK), and Allen is curious about ribbon tweeters and which type (direct, bipole, dipole) surround speakers to pick (LINK). Infinite Gary has some Ultra HD Blu-ray questions (LINK and LINK), Adrian wonders if Yamaha can make a good sub (LINK), and Jonathan is having second thoughts about his speaker choices. Rob has an Ethernet cable he REALLY wants to use and would like to move his gear downstairs (LINK), John has a surround speaker setup question, and David is worried that he is sitting too close to his back wall (LINK). Martin wants to know if he can save some money with a less expensive Blu-ray player (LINK), Brian is looking for a subwoofer, and Tim can’t seem to get lossless audio in his theater. Lastly, Kevin is looking for setup and calibration help for his new dual SVS subwoofers.

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AV Rant #452: Tiredcast

October 4th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Ilango for his donation, John, Ken, and James (LINK for the sound panel covers) for their support of the podcast, and Herb, Karl R., Jonathan, Kris, Scot, Gabe, Jason, Gary, and Scott for their words of encouragement and support. In the news audiophile op-amps (LINK) and 8k displays (LINK and LINK). Bryan is looking for a BIG picture (LINK) and wants to know what we think about BIC America speakers, Kevin wants to know why SVS doesn’t make sealed cylinder subs, and Justin is worried about upgrading his HTPC to Windows 10 and how that will affect streaming to his Denon receiver. Scott wants to know if we would buy the new Apple TV or the new Amazon Fire TV (LINK), Karl has some questions about the settings on his receiver, and Mike needs a new center, a way to deaden sound, has a recommendation for DIY custom ear-molds (LINK), and is curious how surround sound upmixers work. Jonathan doesn’t completely hate “soap opera effect,” John wants to know which services we use to stream music (LINK), and William gives us more information about his streaming weirdness. Kris is looking for very tall speaker stands (LINK and LINK), wants to know more about Atmos speakers, and wonders how to measure the dispersion of a speaker at home. Jay found an article about “HyperSound Clear” and wants our opinions (LINK), Dev is worried about how his US receiver will work in Asia (LINK and LINK) plus is curious about the Samsung 50J5100 HDTV, and Francisco is worried that his Onkyo is underpowered for this Martin Logan Theos speakers. John wants to backup all his Blu-ray discs and needs to know how (LINK, LINK, and LINK), Ken loves his Lumagen Radiance 2020 (LINK) but it is having problems with his HTPC (LINK), and Ken loves his Nvidia Shield TV.

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AV Rant #451: Big Rooms and Grounded Cables

September 22nd, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Scott B for his donation, Scot S and Karl for talking us up to SVS, and Jefferson for buying from ATS Acoustics and SpoonFlower and letting them know he heard about them from us. You guys are our Listeners of the Week! In the news, Crutchfield will now sell SVS Subs (LINK), Rob was on ThEndUsr Podcast (LINK), and Denon, Marantz, and Pioneer release new recievers (LINK). Jack loves his Philips Fidelio X2 headphones but wonders if an expensive aftermarket cable or perhaps a DAC/amp upgrade can make them sound better, William has a weird Netflix problem, and Ashley is looking to set up Plex on his Mac Mini (LINK, LINK, and LINK). Joseph found a speaker cable with some interesting features (LINK), Jonathan updates us on his theater build and asks about using a sub for a center channel stand, and Allen is looking for speakers for his dedicated theater (5 for under $4k). Larry has a spouse/2nd subwoofer issue, Matthew is trying to decide between EMP Tek and SVS Prime speakers plus has questions about setup including setting up a projectors, and Miguel can either put his front speakers 4 feet or 15 feet apart. We come up with an interesting solution. Alberto is looking to buy some used equipment (LINK and LINK), Kris is trying to maximize his bass by adding a curtain and a mid-bass module, and Scot is looking at a new, mid-level display compared to an older, flagship display. Which would we choose? Lastly, Thomas sent us a video of his theater (LINK) and wants recommendations while Nicholas needs subs and wants suggestions.

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AV Rant #450: Dummies

September 16th, 2015 No comments

A quick shout out to Jason (again) as listener of the week. You know why. In the news, UltraHD projectors with HDR (LINK and LINK) and Sony sort of starts to use Dolby Vision (LINK). Jonathan comments about ARC and HDMI-CEC on the Denon AVR-X2200W (LINK and LINK), Fred found some weirdness on Netflix, and Daniel has subwoofer, speaker, and projector questions. Jason wants our opinion on his speakers and home theater design, Nick wants our opinion on the Seaton Submersive Subwoofers (LINK), and Justin isn’t sure which speakers to buy. James is thinking of DJ speakers for home theater, is offering a 10% discount on printed fabric covers for AV Rant listeners for DIY absorption panels (LINK), and is wondering about settings for projectors (LINK). Tony wonders where Canadians can get printed fabric for absorption panels (James sells in Canada and LINK), Everett is wondering about compatibility with newer 4k displays and older receivers, and Ian has a line on a decent projector deal and wants our opinion plus he is thinking of a new sub, and Harvie is worried that his old stand won’t hold his new 75″ TV.

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